Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Another Skillz title

I booked a win in a variety of poker that is uncommonly played: pot-limit Omaha hi/lo.

Two fun screenshots for starters:


With a recent downswing at the L08 cash tables, this win comes in handy for the ol' BR ...


And busting Waffles never grows old. I suppose I can't fault him for felting with top & bottom pair + gutshot straight draw ... but my check-raise was enormous, so he had to figure he was beat ...

Anyhow, this tourney had three main phases. In the first hour, I was determined to play almost no hands, flop a huge hand, and get it all in. Sadly, it didn't work out as planned ... as I was crippled despite being a money favourite. In hour two, I played for my tournament life and ground my way back. And in hour three I zoomed my way up to the top, survived some beats, and outlasted everyone.

1) This was the last hand of hour #1 ...

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816018965: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 50/100 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 22:30:28 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 2: dfazman (719)
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (2,574)
Seat 4: kazor (5,187)
Seat 5: scottc25 (4,773)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (3,491)
Seat 7: DonK_TuckFard (1,893)
Seat 8: SirFWALGMan (7,450)
Seat 9: Mondogarage (1,738)
Mondogarage posts the small blind of 50
dfazman posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Td Jd Qd Ts]
PirateLawyer raises to 225
kazor folds
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj calls 225
DonK_TuckFard folds
SirFWALGMan folds
Mondogarage calls 175
dfazman folds
*** FLOP *** [9s 8c 6d]
Mondogarage checks
PirateLawyer bets 387
Drizztdj folds
Mondogarage raises to 1,513, and is all in
PirateLawyer calls 1,126
Mondogarage shows [9h Ks 9c As]
PirateLawyer shows [Td Jd Qd Ts]
*** TURN *** [9s 8c 6d] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [9s 8c 6d 5s] [8h]
Mondogarage shows a full house, Nines full of Eights, for high
PirateLawyer shows two pair, Tens and Eights, for high
Mondogarage wins the pot (3,801) with a full house, Nines full of Eights
No low hand qualified

Villain demonstrably kept getting the chips in the middle light. In this case I am a favourite against a bare set and am clearly priced in to call his CRAI. Villain also had no low draws and could have been up against two possible straights ... this is a lesson on how not to play a set, but it worked out for him here.

2) I am at a low point of 656 chips with blinds of 60/120. I steal some blinds, and then am in for my tournament life with a two-way hand that makes a low against two opponents who are going high. Up to 1134.

I then get a nice double vs. Waffles:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816239413: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 60/120 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 22:46:45 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (1,134)
Seat 4: kazor (6,117)
Seat 5: scottc25 (4,473)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (3,776)
Seat 7: DonK_TuckFard (4,306)
Seat 8: SirFWALGMan (4,578)
Seat 9: Mondogarage (3,441)
scottc25 posts the small blind of 60
Drizztdj posts the big blind of 120
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [As Ks 7c 3c]
DonK_TuckFard folds
SirFWALGMan raises to 420
Mondogarage folds
PirateLawyer raises to 1,134, and is all in -- my hand is easily strong enough to shove here.
kazor folds
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj folds
SirFWALGMan calls 714
PirateLawyer shows [As Ks 7c 3c]
SirFWALGMan shows [Ac 4d Ah Kc]
*** FLOP *** [8c 7s 6s] - well, flopping the nuts takes the pressure off in a hurry
*** TURN *** [8c 7s 6s] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [8c 7s 6s Qs] [Th]
PirateLawyer shows a flush, Ace high, for high andPirateLawyer shows 8,7,6,3,A, for low
SirFWALGMan shows a pair of Aces, for high andSirFWALGMan shows 8,7,6,4,A, for low
PirateLawyer wins the high pot (1,224) with a flush, Ace high
PirateLawyer wins the low pot (1,224) with 8,7,6,3,A
The blinds are now 80/160

SCOOP!

All of a sudden, I'm back up to a starting stack of 3000 chips.

I continue playing in position and am very selective with my starting hands. I safely chip up to 4100.

As we lose some players, I adjust to five-handed play.

I suffer a huge blow to my stack as my opponent makes a heroic call of my 3-bet preflop and somehow scoops with a garbage hand:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816459465: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 100/200 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:02:53 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (3,468)
Seat 4: kazor (7,497)
Seat 5: scottc25 (7,424)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (2,836)
Seat 7: DonK_TuckFard (2,316)
scottc25 posts the small blind of 100
Drizztdj posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [As 2c Qd Kh]
DonK_TuckFard raises to 450
PirateLawyer raises to 1,650
kazor folds
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj folds
DonK_TuckFard raises to 2,316, and is all in
PirateLawyer calls 666
DonK_TuckFard shows [Jh Qh 6d Qs]
PirateLawyer shows [As 2c Qd Kh]
*** FLOP *** [2s 6c 9h]
*** TURN *** [2s 6c 9h] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [2s 6c 9h Td] [8s]
DonK_TuckFard shows a straight, Queen high, for high
PirateLawyer shows a pair of Twos, for high
DonK_TuckFard wins the pot (4,932) with a straight, Queen high
No low hand qualified

That is just a lesson on how to get your money in badly by the villain here.

I get it allin with A236 but end up having to chop.

I get it in ahead and flop the nut high for a scoop:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816532610: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 120/240 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:08:24 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (1,062)
Seat 4: kazor (7,377)
Seat 5: scottc25 (7,424)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (2,266)
Seat 7: DonK_TuckFard (5,412)
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 120
kazor posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Td 9s Ad Kd]
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj folds
DonK_TuckFard folds
PirateLawyer raises to 720
kazor raises to 1,200
PirateLawyer calls 342, and is all in
kazor shows [Qc 4s 7c As]
PirateLawyer shows [Td 9s Ad Kd]
Uncalled bet of 138 returned to kazor
*** FLOP *** [Kh Qh Js]
*** TURN *** [Kh Qh Js] [Jd]
*** RIVER *** [Kh Qh Js Jd] [Ks]
kazor shows two pair, Kings and Queens, for high
PirateLawyer shows a straight, Ace high, for high
PirateLawyer wins the pot (2,124) with a straight, Ace high
No low hand qualified

I get there with a wrap draw vs. my nemesis, who had flopped two pair on a scary board:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816562995: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 120/240 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:10:40 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (1,884)
Seat 4: kazor (6,075)
Seat 5: scottc25 (7,904)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (2,626)
Seat 7: DonK_TuckFard (5,052)
DonK_TuckFard posts the small blind of 120
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Tc Qc 2s Kh]
kazor folds
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj folds
DonK_TuckFard calls 120
PirateLawyer checks
*** FLOP *** [7s Jh 9c]
DonK_TuckFard bets 480
PirateLawyer has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer raises to 1,644, and is all in
DonK_TuckFard calls 1,164
PirateLawyer shows [Tc Qc 2s Kh]
DonK_TuckFard shows [9d 3d Jd Ts]
*** TURN *** [7s Jh 9c] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [7s Jh 9c 2c] [Qd]
PirateLawyer shows a straight, King high, for high
DonK_TuckFard shows two pair, Jacks and Nines, for high
PirateLawyer wins the pot (3,768) with a straight, King high
No low hand qualified



I then flop quads and get a little action:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816576473: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 120/240 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:11:40 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (3,768)
Seat 4: kazor (6,075)
Seat 5: scottc25 (7,904)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (2,626), is sitting out
Seat 7: DonK_TuckFard (3,168)
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 120
kazor posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [9s Jh 9h 7c]
scottc25 calls 240
Drizztdj folds
DonK_TuckFard has 15 seconds left to act
DonK_TuckFard folds
PirateLawyer calls 120
kazor checks
*** FLOP *** [7h 9d 9c] - pretty nice flop
PirateLawyer checks
kazor bets 360
scottc25 folds
PirateLawyer calls 360 - smooth call ; hope he improves
*** TURN *** [7h 9d 9c] [Jd]
PirateLawyer checks
kazor checks
*** RIVER *** [7h 9d 9c Jd] [2d]
PirateLawyer bets 720
kazor folds - rats!
Uncalled bet of 720 returned to PirateLawyer
PirateLawyer mucks
PirateLawyer wins the pot (1,440)

I crawl up above the 3K mark.

I keep chipping up by aggressively playing solid Axxx hands that have scoop potential preflop in position. If I get called, I am able to make pot-sized c-bets and take them down.

I narrowly miss a scoop after getting it all in with AAJ5 preflop; the river low means I have to settle for a disappointing chop:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816699198: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 150/300 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:20:45 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (5,028)
Seat 4: kazor (6,135)
Seat 5: scottc25 (6,914)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (2,806)
Seat 7: DonK_TuckFard (2,658)
DonK_TuckFard posts the small blind of 150
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Ah Js Ad 5c]
kazor folds
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj raises to 1,050
DonK_TuckFard folds
PirateLawyer raises to 3,300
Drizztdj calls 1,756, and is all in
PirateLawyer shows [Ah Js Ad 5c]
Drizztdj shows [2s 8d As Jd]
Uncalled bet of 494 returned to PirateLawyer
*** FLOP *** [3s Qd Ac]
*** TURN *** [3s Qd Ac] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [3s Qd Ac Kd] [7s]
PirateLawyer shows three of a kind, Aces, for high
Drizztdj shows a pair of Aces, for high andDrizztdj shows 8,7,3,2,A, for low
PirateLawyer wins the high pot (2,881) with three of a kind, Aces
Drizztdj wins the low pot (2,881) with 8,7,3,2,A

I finally get a scoop when my hammer makes it both ways and the villain can't release what is clearly a second-best hand:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816776783: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 150/300 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:26:07 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (5,103)
Seat 4: kazor (5,085)
Seat 5: scottc25 (7,514)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (5,989)
Seat 8: BamBamCan (8,100)
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 150
kazor posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [7h 2c 3h 2s]
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj calls 300
BamBamCan folds
PirateLawyer calls 150
kazor checks
*** FLOP *** [4d 8h Jh]
PirateLawyer checks
kazor checks
Drizztdj checks
*** TURN *** [4d 8h Jh] [Qs]
PirateLawyer checks
kazor bets 300
BamBamCan: interesting play Kaz
Drizztdj has 15 seconds left to act
Drizztdj folds
PirateLawyer calls 300
*** RIVER *** [4d 8h Jh Qs] [2h]
BamBamCan: it worked
PirateLawyer bets 750
kazor has 15 seconds left to act
kazor calls 750
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PirateLawyer shows [7h 2c 3h 2s] a flush, Jack high, for high and 8,7,4,3,2, for low
kazor mucks
PirateLawyer wins the high pot (1,500) with a flush, Jack high
PirateLawyer wins the low pot (1,500) with 8,7,4,3,2
The blinds are now 200/400
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,000 | Rake 0
Board: [4d 8h Jh Qs 2h]
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (small blind) showed [7h 2c 3h 2s] and won (3,000) with HI: a flush, Jack high; LO: 8,7,4,3,2
Seat 4: kazor (big blind) mucked [4s Qc Ah Jd] - HI: two pair, Queens and Jacks

I reach the 7300 mark in chips. With blinds at 200/400 with five-handed play I am ramping up my preflop aggression given the 600 in dead money sitting out there every hand.

This is a good example of an easy button raise in this situation:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816792973: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 200/400 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:27:16 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (6,753)
Seat 4: kazor (3,735)
Seat 5: scottc25 (7,514)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (5,689)
Seat 8: BamBamCan (8,100)
kazor posts the small blind of 200
scottc25 posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Kc Ac Qd 6d]
Drizztdj folds
BamBamCan folds
PirateLawyer raises to 1,100
kazor folds
scottc25 folds
Uncalled bet of 700 returned to PirateLawyer
PirateLawyer mucks
PirateLawyer wins the pot (1,000)

Here is an exmample of playing position and taking a pot away on the flop:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816811300: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 200/400 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:28:36 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (7,353)
Seat 4: kazor (3,535)
Seat 5: scottc25 (5,914)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (5,689)
Seat 8: BamBamCan (9,300)
BamBamCan posts the small blind of 200
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Jh 2d 3h Jc]
kazor folds
scottc25 folds
Drizztdj folds
BamBamCan raises to 800
PirateLawyer calls 400 - I am not impressed by a SB min-raise
*** FLOP *** [8h 7h Ts]
BamBamCan checks
PirateLawyer bets 1,600
BamBamCan folds
Uncalled bet of 1,600 returned to PirateLawyer
PirateLawyer mucks
PirateLawyer wins the pot (1,600)

And here I finally get a big AAxx hand to stand up preflop for a monster flop:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816844974: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 1 - 200/400 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:31:06 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 3: PirateLawyer (8,553)
Seat 4: kazor (3,535)
Seat 5: scottc25 (5,914)
Seat 6: Drizztdj (5,689)
Seat 8: BamBamCan (8,100)
BamBamCan posts the small blind of 200
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [5c As 8d Ah]
kazor folds
scottc25 raises to 1,200
Drizztdj folds
BamBamCan folds
PirateLawyer raises to 3,800
scottc25 raises to 5,914, and is all in
PirateLawyer calls 2,114 -- happy to get it all in here
scottc25 shows [5d Qd Ac 2c] -- pretty decent two-way hand, actually, but I have the AA
PirateLawyer shows [5c As 8d Ah]
*** FLOP *** [Kc Qh 4d] - fairly safe flop
*** TURN *** [Kc Qh 4d] [9c] - very good turn
*** RIVER *** [Kc Qh 4d 9c] [8h]
scottc25 shows a pair of Queens, for high
PirateLawyer shows a pair of Aces, for high
PirateLawyer wins the pot (12,028) with a pair of Aces

SCOOP!

And with that, I vault to a comfortable chiplead as we reach the final table and resume full-handed play.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816866072: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 200/400 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:32:42 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (9,438)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (12,684)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (5,689)
Seat 4: cemfredmd (3,702)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (1,915)
Seat 6: RaisingCayne (3,470)
Seat 7: BamBamCan (7,900)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (14,667)
Seat 9: kazor (3,535)

Unfortunately, I begin by doubling up a shorty despite flopping the nuts:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7816890791: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 200/400 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:34:35 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (8,238)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (11,484)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (7,889)
Seat 4: cemfredmd (3,302)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (1,915)
Seat 6: RaisingCayne (3,470)
Seat 7: BamBamCan (7,900)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (14,667)
Seat 9: kazor (4,135)
cemfredmd posts the small blind of 200
iam23skidoo posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [2h 7c Ad Td]
RaisingCayne folds
BamBamCan folds
PirateLawyer raises to 999
kazor folds
SirFWALGMan folds
Joshuacarlsen folds
Drizztdj folds
cemfredmd folds
iam23skidoo raises to 1,915, and is all in
PirateLawyer calls 916
iam23skidoo shows [As Jc Ts 8s] -- very questionable shove
PirateLawyer shows [2h 7c Ad Td]
*** FLOP *** [9d Js 8c]
*** TURN *** [9d Js 8c] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [9d Js 8c Qc] [6c]
iam23skidoo shows a straight, Queen high, for high
PirateLawyer shows a straight, Jack high, for high
iam23skidoo wins the pot (4,030) with a straight, Queen high

That hand just goes to show that flopped straights never win. Sadly, no low was able to come in as I had that locked up.

But then I crack a vulnerable holding when Cayne overplays a marginal KKxx hand; I flop a big wrap draw and get there:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817014579: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 250/500 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:44:11 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (12,540)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (13,484)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (7,889)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (3,630)
Seat 6: RaisingCayne (2,870)
Seat 7: BamBamCan (7,250)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (11,202)
Seat 9: kazor (4,135)
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 250
kazor posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Qd 4c Ac Ts]
SirFWALGMan folds
Joshuacarlsen folds
Drizztdj folds
iam23skidoo folds
RaisingCayne raises to 1,750
BamBamCan folds
PirateLawyer raises to 5,750
kazor folds
RaisingCayne calls 1,120, and is all in
PirateLawyer shows [Qd 4c Ac Ts]
RaisingCayne shows [6c 4d Kh Ks]
Uncalled bet of 2,880 returned to PirateLawyer
*** FLOP *** [Kd Jd 2h]
*** TURN *** [Kd Jd 2h] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [Kd Jd 2h 9d] [8s]
PirateLawyer shows a straight, King high, for high
RaisingCayne shows three of a kind, Kings, for high
PirateLawyer wins the pot (6,240) with a straight, King high

I suffer a fairly hideous beat as skidoo gambools it up and my nut low is counterfeited on the river:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817097233: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 250/500 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 23:50:40 ET - 2008/08/26
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (14,790)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (12,734)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (7,889)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (5,820)
Seat 7: BamBamCan (4,310)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (15,072)
Seat 9: kazor (2,385)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 250
Joshuacarlsen posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [2d Ac Qc Th]
Drizztdj folds
iam23skidoo raises to 1,750
BamBamCan folds
PirateLawyer raises to 6,000
kazor folds
SirFWALGMan folds
Joshuacarlsen folds
iam23skidoo calls 4,070, and is all in
PirateLawyer shows [2d Ac Qc Th]
iam23skidoo shows [Ah 3d 4h 9c] - again, he makes a loose call preflop
Uncalled bet of 180 returned to PirateLawyer
*** FLOP *** [5d 3c 6h]
*** TURN *** [5d 3c 6h] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [5d 3c 6h 7c] [2h]
PirateLawyer shows a pair of Twos, for high andPirateLawyer shows 6,5,3,2,A, for low
iam23skidoo shows a straight, Seven high, for high andiam23skidoo shows 5,4,3,2,A, for low
iam23skidoo wins the high pot (6,195) with a straight, Seven high
iam23skidoo wins the low pot (6,195) with 5,4,3,2,A

Needless to say, his preflop call was pretty awful. And the river gave him the unexpected scoop as my nut flush didn't come in and my nut low is counterfeited.

I make a couple of tough laydowns and slip down the leaderboard with 6K in chips as the shortstack with 6 players remaining.

I flop the second nuts and massage a payout from Waffles, who finds a fold but still pays me off in part:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817225270: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 300/600 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:00:24 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (18,365)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (12,834)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (8,599)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (8,930)
Seat 7: BamBamCan (8,170)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (6,102)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 300
Joshuacarlsen posts the big blind of 600
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [7c As Ac 5c]
Drizztdj folds
iam23skidoo folds
BamBamCan folds
PirateLawyer raises to 1,350
SirFWALGMan calls 1,050
Drizztdj: no, not often
Joshuacarlsen has 15 seconds left to act
Joshuacarlsen folds
*** FLOP *** [Jc Jd Ah]
SirFWALGMan checks
PirateLawyer checks - trying to set my hand to look like a delayed bluff
*** TURN *** [Jc Jd Ah] [4h]
SirFWALGMan checks
PirateLawyer bets 1,650
SirFWALGMan calls 1,650
*** RIVER *** [Jc Jd Ah 4h] [Qs]
SirFWALGMan checks
PirateLawyer bets 3,102, and is all in
SirFWALGMan: jerk
SirFWALGMan has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer: just call
SirFWALGMan has requested TIME
SirFWALGMan: you habve like A2
pushmonkey72 (Observer): lol
PirateLawyer: I have KK25
BamBamCan: chip dump?
SirFWALGMan folds
Uncalled bet of 3,102 returned to PirateLawyer
PirateLawyer mucks
PirateLawyer wins the pot (6,600)

We lose a shorty and I am able to take half of the pot in a nice multiway checkdown as another shorty survives by winning the HI as I take the low:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817268228: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 400/800 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:03:48 ET - 2008/08/27
iam23skidoo: holla
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (15,365)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (2,104)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (7,599)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (28,230)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (9,702)
iam23skidoo posts the small blind of 400
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Ad Th 6d 5d]
SirFWALGMan calls 800
Joshuacarlsen raises to 2,104, and is all in
Drizztdj folds
iam23skidoo calls 1,704
PirateLawyer calls 1,304
SirFWALGMan calls 1,304
*** FLOP *** [Qh 4d 6h]
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer checks
SirFWALGMan checks
*** TURN *** [Qh 4d 6h] [Qc]
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer checks
SirFWALGMan checks
*** RIVER *** [Qh 4d 6h Qc] [2h]
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer checks - I think about a value bet with what I assume is a lock for low, but opt against it
SirFWALGMan checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Joshuacarlsen shows [As Ah 2c 9h] a flush, Ace high, for high
iam23skidoo mucks
PirateLawyer shows [Ad Th 6d 5d] two pair, Queens and Sixes, for high and 6,5,4,2,A, for low
SirFWALGMan mucks
Joshuacarlsen wins the high pot (4,208) with a flush, Ace high
PirateLawyer wins the low pot (4,208) with 6,5,4,2,A
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 8,416 | Rake 0
Board: [Qh 4d 6h Qc 2h]
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan mucked [Td 7c Ac 7d] - HI: two pair, Queens and Sevens; LO: 7,6,4,2,A
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen showed [As Ah 2c 9h] and won (4,208) with HI: a flush, Ace high
Seat 3: Drizztdj (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (small blind) mucked [6s Jc 7h Jd] - HI: two pair, Queens and Jacks
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (big blind) showed [Ad Th 6d 5d] and won (4,208) with HI: two pair, Queens and Sixes; LO: 6,5,4,2,A

I start making hands in position as Waffles starts bleeding chips to me:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817280216: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 400/800 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:04:45 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (13,261)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (4,208)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (7,599)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (26,126)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (11,806)
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 400
SirFWALGMan posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Kd 2c Qs 3c]
Joshuacarlsen folds
Drizztdj folds
iam23skidoo folds
PirateLawyer raises to 2,000
SirFWALGMan calls 1,200
*** FLOP *** [8h 5c 6c]
PirateLawyer checks
SirFWALGMan checks
*** TURN *** [8h 5c 6c] [Ac]
PirateLawyer bets 4,000 - time to bet pot with a strong two-way hand & the nut low
SirFWALGMan folds
Uncalled bet of 4,000 returned to PirateLawyer
PirateLawyer mucks
PirateLawyer wins the pot (4,000)

Another 3-way allin and I take half with a lucky backdoor low:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817305059: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 400/800 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:06:44 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (12,061)
Seat 2: Joshuacarlsen (4,208)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (6,399)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (26,526)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (13,806)
iam23skidoo posts the small blind of 400
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Qc Ad Ks 7s]
SirFWALGMan folds
Joshuacarlsen has 15 seconds left to act
Joshuacarlsen raises to 2,800
Drizztdj folds
iam23skidoo calls 2,400
PirateLawyer has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer calls 2,000
*** FLOP *** [2d 2s Td]
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer bets 4,200
Joshuacarlsen calls 1,408, and is all in
iam23skidoo raises to 22,408
PirateLawyer calls 6,806, and is all in - crying call
iam23skidoo shows [2c 5c 7c 2h]
PirateLawyer shows [Qc Ad Ks 7s]
Joshuacarlsen shows [Jh Kd Kc 5s]
Uncalled bet of 11,402 returned to iam23skidoo
*** TURN *** [2d 2s Td] [8s]
*** RIVER *** [2d 2s Td 8s] [6d]
iam23skidoo shows four of a kind, Twos, for high andiam23skidoo shows 8,7,6,5,2, for low
PirateLawyer shows a pair of Twos, for high andPirateLawyer shows 8,7,6,2,A, for low
iam23skidoo wins the high side pot (9,598) with four of a kind, Twos
PirateLawyer wins the low side pot (9,598) with 8,7,6,2,A
Joshuacarlsen shows two pair, Kings and Twos, for high
iam23skidoo wins the high main pot (6,312) with four of a kind, Twos
PirateLawyer wins the low main pot (6,312) with 8,7,6,2,A
Joshuacarlsen stands up

Then I get it all in with KKxx and get outdrawn by the shorty:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817384950: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:13:15 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (27,122)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (4,199)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (16,769)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (14,910)
Drizztdj posts the small blind of 500
iam23skidoo posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #1
SirFWALGMan: ship it
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Kd 5d Kh 9h]
PirateLawyer raises to 2,250
SirFWALGMan folds
Drizztdj raises to 4,199, and is all in
iam23skidoo folds
PirateLawyer calls 1,949
Drizztdj shows [Js Qh Td As]
PirateLawyer shows [Kd 5d Kh 9h]
*** FLOP *** [5c Ad Qc]
*** TURN *** [5c Ad Qc] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [5c Ad Qc 2s] [3d]
Drizztdj shows two pair, Aces and Queens, for high
PirateLawyer shows a pair of Kings, for high
Drizztdj wins the pot (9,398) with two pair, Aces and Queens

But then I turn the tables with a huge scoop to recoup my losses and burst the cash bubble:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817393970: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:14:00 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (27,122)
Seat 3: Drizztdj (9,398)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (15,769)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (10,711)
iam23skidoo posts the small blind of 500
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [7s Ah 2d Js]
SirFWALGMan folds
Drizztdj raises to 3,500
iam23skidoo folds
PirateLawyer raises to 10,711, and is all in
Drizztdj calls 5,898, and is all in
PirateLawyer shows [7s Ah 2d Js]
Drizztdj shows [Ac Ad 6c 4h]
Uncalled bet of 1,313 returned to PirateLawyer
*** FLOP *** [8d Qs 5h]
*** TURN *** [8d Qs 5h] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [8d Qs 5h 4s] [Ts]
PirateLawyer shows a flush, Queen high, for high andPirateLawyer shows 8,5,4,2,A, for low
Drizztdj shows a pair of Aces, for high andDrizztdj shows 8,6,5,4,A, for low
PirateLawyer wins the high pot (9,648) with a flush, Queen high
PirateLawyer wins the low pot (9,648) with 8,5,4,2,A
Drizztdj stands up

I am pretty confident given the past behaviour of skidoo and Waffles that I can get it in with the best of it against the former and nut-peddle vs. the latter ... time will tell if I am right.

I get skidoo to commit all his chips drawing to a chop ... and he gets there:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817418939: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:16:04 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (28,622)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (14,769)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (19,609)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 500
iam23skidoo posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [7c Ad Qd 5c]
PirateLawyer raises to 3,500
SirFWALGMan folds
iam23skidoo calls 2,500
*** FLOP *** [9h Ac 6c]
iam23skidoo bets 7,500
PirateLawyer raises to 16,109, and is all in
iam23skidoo calls 3,769, and is all in
PirateLawyer shows [7c Ad Qd 5c]
iam23skidoo shows [Qh 4d As 3s]
Uncalled bet of 4,840 returned to PirateLawyer
*** TURN *** [9h Ac 6c] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [9h Ac 6c 5s] [8d]
PirateLawyer shows a straight, Nine high, for high andPirateLawyer shows 8,7,6,5,A, for low
iam23skidoo shows a pair of Aces, for high andiam23skidoo shows 6,5,4,3,A, for low
PirateLawyer wins the high pot (15,019) with a straight, Nine high
iam23skidoo wins the low pot (15,019) with 6,5,4,3,A

I trap Waffles with the AA overpair to the board but he rivers the nut straight along with me for another disappointing chop:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817426665: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:16:43 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (28,122)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (14,519)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (20,359)
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 500
SirFWALGMan posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [As Js 4c Ah]
iam23skidoo folds
PirateLawyer raises to 3,000
SirFWALGMan calls 2,000
*** FLOP *** [Jh Ts Kh]
PirateLawyer checks
SirFWALGMan checks
*** TURN *** [Jh Ts Kh] [6d]
PirateLawyer bets 3,000
SirFWALGMan calls 3,000
*** RIVER *** [Jh Ts Kh 6d] [Qc]
PirateLawyer bets 4,000
SirFWALGMan raises to 22,122, and is all in
PirateLawyer calls 10,359, and is all in
Uncalled bet of 7,763 returned to SirFWALGMan
*** SHOW DOWN ***
SirFWALGMan shows [4h Ks 5d Ad] a straight, Ace high, for high
PirateLawyer shows [As Js 4c Ah] a straight, Ace high, for high
PirateLawyer ties for the pot (20,359) with a straight, Ace high
SirFWALGMan ties for the pot (20,359) with a straight, Ace high

But then life is good as I get skidoo to call down light as I flop the wheel and get paid:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817437569: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:17:38 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (28,122)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (14,519)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (20,359)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 500
iam23skidoo posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [9c 3s 2h 9d]
SirFWALGMan: lol
PirateLawyer calls 1,000
SirFWALGMan folds
iam23skidoo checks
*** FLOP *** [4c 5h Ah]
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer checks
*** TURN *** [4c 5h Ah] [9s]
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer bets 2,500
iam23skidoo calls 2,500
*** RIVER *** [4c 5h Ah 9s] [7d]
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer bets 4,000
iam23skidoo has 15 seconds left to act
iam23skidoo calls 4,000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PirateLawyer shows [9c 3s 2h 9d] a straight, Five high, for high and 5,4,3,2,A, for low
iam23skidoo mucks
PirateLawyer wins the high pot (7,750) with a straight, Five high
PirateLawyer wins the low pot (7,750) with 5,4,3,2,A
*** SUMMARY ***
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (big blind) mucked [2s Td 8c Th] - HI: a pair of Tens; LO: 8,5,4,2,A
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (button) showed [9c 3s 2h 9d] and won (15,500) with HI: a straight, Five high; LO: 5,4,3,2,A

I continue to nut-peddle vs. Waffles. Sadly he finds a fold:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817455191: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:19:07 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (27,622)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (8,019)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (27,359)
PirateLawyer posts the small blind of 500
SirFWALGMan posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Td Kh 2c Js]
iam23skidoo folds
PirateLawyer calls 500
SirFWALGMan checks
*** FLOP *** [2h Jd 7d]
PirateLawyer checks
SirFWALGMan checks
*** TURN *** [2h Jd 7d] [9s]
PirateLawyer bets 1,500
SirFWALGMan calls 1,500
*** RIVER *** [2h Jd 7d 9s] [Qc]
PirateLawyer bets 5,000
SirFWALGMan: bastard
PirateLawyer: what do you have
SirFWALGMan: how do you have a straight when I have 2 8's
SirFWALGMan folds
Uncalled bet of 5,000 returned to PirateLawyer
PirateLawyer mucks
PirateLawyer wins the pot (5,000)
NYRambler (Observer): good fold waffles

I flop two pair but am unable to bet for value on a scary river; I happily take the pot down:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817467133: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 500/1000 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:20:07 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (25,122)
Seat 5: iam23skidoo (8,019)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (29,859)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 500
iam23skidoo posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [8d 3h 9d Ad]
PirateLawyer has 15 seconds left to act
PirateLawyer calls 1,000
SirFWALGMan calls 500
iam23skidoo checks
*** FLOP *** [5d 9c 3d]
SirFWALGMan checks
iam23skidoo checks
PirateLawyer bets 3,000
SirFWALGMan calls 3,000
iam23skidoo folds
*** TURN *** [5d 9c 3d] [Ts]
SirFWALGMan checks
PirateLawyer checks
*** RIVER *** [5d 9c 3d Ts] [Jc]
SirFWALGMan checks
PirateLawyer checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PirateLawyer shows [8d 3h 9d Ad] two pair, Nines and Threes, for high
SirFWALGMan mucks
PirateLawyer wins the pot (9,000) with two pair, Nines and Threes
No low hand qualified
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 9,000 | Rake 0
Board: [5d 9c 3d Ts Jc]
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (small blind) mucked [3s As 4d 6s] - HI: a pair of Threes

Waffles busts the short-stacked skidoo and we're down to headsup. I have a narrow 35K-27K chiplead with 600/1200 blinds.

Ten hands in, we reach a resolution:

Full Tilt Poker Game #7817508431: Blogger Skillz Game (58958097), Table 3 - 600/1200 - Pot Limit Omaha H/L - 0:23:37 ET - 2008/08/27
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (27,641)
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (35,359)
SirFWALGMan posts the small blind of 600
PirateLawyer posts the big blind of 1,200
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [Jc Qd Jd 3d]
SirFWALGMan raises to 3,600
PirateLawyer calls 2,400
*** FLOP *** [2s Kc Js]
PirateLawyer checks
SirFWALGMan bets 7,200
PirateLawyer raises to 28,800
SirFWALGMan calls 16,841, and is all in
PirateLawyer shows [Jc Qd Jd 3d]
SirFWALGMan shows [Qc Kd Ac 2c]
Uncalled bet of 4,759 returned to PirateLawyer
*** TURN *** [2s Kc Js] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [2s Kc Js 5d] [4c]
PirateLawyer shows three of a kind, Jacks, for high
SirFWALGMan shows two pair, Kings and Twos, for high
PirateLawyer wins the pot (55,282) with three of a kind, Jacks
SirFWALGMan: bah gg
SirFWALGMan stands up
PirateLawyer stands up
No low hand qualified
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 55,282 | Rake 0
Board: [2s Kc Js 5d 4c]
Seat 1: SirFWALGMan (small blind) showed [Qc Kd Ac 2c] and lost with HI: two pair, Kings and Twos
Seat 8: PirateLawyer (big blind) showed [Jc Qd Jd 3d] and won (55,282) with HI: three of a kind, Jacks

Thanks for reading this far! I hope these HHs illustrate some important principles of the big bet PL variant of Omaha hi/lo. It does play quite differently than the limit version of the game.

5 comments:

jjok said...

well done sir!

BamBam said...

Congrats on the win!
It was good to see you at the tables again.

Oh and by the way.....

"BamBamCan raises to 800
PirateLawyer calls 400 - I am not impressed by a SB min-raise"

and

"BamBamCan Folds"

Were definately the best parts of this post!

:)

Instant Tragedy said...

Congrats, I told you that you were finding your way back to Victory!

Keep it up.

Anytime you can bust Waffles is +++EV

Stay Strong, Live Brave

IT

Poker Brian said...

Grats on the win homeslice. I had my football draft last night or I woulda joined in on the donkery.

Schaubs said...

longest. post. ever.

I skipped 95% of it.

nice win though.